Decorating A Stacked Cake

Decorating By jlkallred Updated 15 Apr 2009 , 8:22pm by Brownie1954

jlkallred Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 1:59pm
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I'm just learning and couldn't find an answer to a question in my head! I want to make a tiered cake (no pillars) and I can't figure out how to pull it together. Do I decorate each tier, then assemble...or assemble, then decorate (the tiers will be totally different from each other).
Thanks for the advice. I love this site!

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cupcakemkr Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 2:08pm
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Hi! Welcome!

You want to decorate first then dowel the bottom tier and then stack

do the border between the first and second tier after stacking

see a demo here from the articles tab on cake central
http://www.cakecentral.com/article23-Teired-Stacked-Cake-Construction.html

Good luck

caseyhayes Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 2:10pm
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Is this it? www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHY_F53ClJ8

Brownie1954 Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 2:10pm
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Sounds like you want to make a stacked cake. As with all cakes, torte and fill with whatever filling you are going to use. You then have to crumb-coat each tier. Let these cakes sit overnight, so they can "settle'
Since you are stacking, make sure you dowel rod each tier, so it will support the tiers about it. You decorate each individual tier, before you stack them together. Good luck! icon_smile.gif

Brownie1954 Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 2:13pm
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Forgive me....I should have told you correctly that you do decorate the tiers first, THEN dowel rod them for support... icon_redface.gif Silly me.....

caseyhayes Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 2:22pm
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HaHa wrong thread icon_redface.gif That was for the TT cake icon_lol.gif

mjs4492 Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 2:25pm
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Interesting!

I completely construct the cake prior to decorating it.

Learn something everyday!

PattyLen Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 2:36pm
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Since we're on the subject, I have a question too. When doweling a cake, I've sometimes seen people put one long dowel through multiple layers. Now the stupid question... how the heck do they do that? Is the dowel sharp enough to go through the different cake board supporting the cake?

I'm guessing the answer is sooo simple that I'll be embarassed when I find out.

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messy_chef Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 2:36pm
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I ice, then stack, then decorate.

ETA: I will sometimes decorate all fondant layers before stacking, but I definitely decorate BC cakes after they are stacked.

cupcakemkr Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 2:45pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by PattyLen

Since we're on the subject, I have a question too. When doweling a cake, I've sometimes seen people put one long dowel through multiple layers. Now the stupid question... how the heck do they do that? Is the dowel sharp enough to go through the different cake board supporting the cake?

I'm guessing the answer is sooo simple that I'll be embarassed when I find out.

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Patty - you sharpen the dowel with a kitchen only pencil sharpener so the dowel is nice and sharp, put it the toptier and then use a hammer to drive it through.

PattyLen Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 3:07pm
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Quote:
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Patty - you sharpen the dowel with a kitchen only pencil sharpener so the dowel is nice and sharp, put it the toptier and then use a hammer to drive it through.




So is the dowel sharp enought that it goes through the cake boards without smashing or compressing the other tiers?

Wow, I knew it had to be simple.
Thanks!

jlkallred Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 6:08pm
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You ladies are the best! Thanks so much!!

Neelas_wife Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 6:19pm
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I ice my cakes then stack them & decorate....Mine are usually premade flowers so all I am doing is just sticking them on to my tiers.....Good Luck!

lostincake Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 6:28pm
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I do fondant only and still I tend to stack then decorate. I find this helps with the overall symmetry of the tiers. So the designs on each tier line up well, or are spaced evenly etc.

I think it is all personal preference but also depends on the design you are trying to achieve.

HTH. icon_smile.gif

artscallion Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 6:29pm
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I think it depends. I try to think the whole process through in my head while in the planning stage to see if I'll run into any difficulties by doing it one way or the other. For instance, the cake I just made for Easter had a gumpaste fence around the base cake. I had planned for the fence to be a little higher than the top of the cake in places. So I thought there was potential I would brush against these and break some in the stacking process. So I waited until after assembly to apply the fence and decorate it with flowers.

Brownie1954 Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 8:22pm
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WELL...No one is going to believe me when I tell them that I have been doing cakes for 19 years...Not with the advice I have given on here about decorating a stacked cake! I made two mistakes in the order in which to do it.....Catching one mistake earlier, then catching one now! icon_redface.gif
Guess I had better learn to read what I have written before I submit it. I too meant that once you have filled your cake with filling, then crumb-coated, then ICED, You should stack the tiers together then decorate! I hope no one runs the next time they see me on here trying to give advice! icon_rolleyes.gificon_cry.gif

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